Essex Yacht Club Burgee

ESSEX YACHT CLUB
13 NOVELTY LANE
ESSEX, CONNECTICUT
860-767-8121
VHF CHANNEL 68

WOMEN'S SAILING

Women's Sailing 2017

WOMEN’S SAILING AT EYC
by Marily MacKinnon
Rear Commodore

Looking Back on 2017

Fall is a time to reflect on our very successful summer sailing season. Great classes, clinics, women’s racing, participation in the Tuesday/Thursday Racing series, another Challenge Regatta finished, and more. Our participants made new friends, encouraged and mentored others and hopefully, had an all-around great summer of sailing!

Now is the time to assess what changes and additions we want to make to our Ideal 18 Sailing Program. And winter is a great season to go over the Racing Rules of Sailing, watch videos about boat handling, and more. Thinking of getting “qualified”? Contact Pru Rice who coordinates our “Mentor on Call” program. The Ideals haven’t been put to bed yet and there are some great sailing days in the fall.

If you have ideas you want to share about something you’d like us to include, or change, please let us know. Mostly, we would love to have more women involved in the process of making the EYC Women’s Sailing Program even better. Please send suggestions and let us know if you’d like to join our planning committee. We’d love to hear from you! Contact Marily MacKinnon at marilychas@aol.com.

Lastly, don’t forget that if you’ve become “qualified” to sail the Ideals, you can skipper in the Frostbite series. And “qualified” or not, you can always crew for someone. Go to Fbyc.org for more information. The Series starts 10/8 and goes for 9 weeks thru 12/3. We’ve got skippers looking for crew and crew looking for skippers! Bundle up and go sailing.

“Sailing a boat calls for quick action, a blending of feeling with the wind and water
as well as with the very heart and soul of the boat itself. Sailing teaches alertness
and courage, and gives in return a joyousness and peace that but few sports afford.”
-George Matthew Adams

MEMBER RACE CLINICS

May 1 - June 28 2017

MEMBER RACE CLINICS BEGIN WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7 THRU NEXT 3 WEDNESDAYS (14TH, 21ST, & 28TH.

These Clinics are open to all members, but space will be limited to 3 in a boat.  There is no fee. Classes begin promptly at 5 p.m.
 
        INSTRUCTORS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
    
        June 7 - Jack Frost
        June 14 - Carter Gowrie
        June 21 - Peter Harding
        June 28 - Frank Flores

Sign up for classes and clinics by calling the Club office or by contacting Marily MacKinnon by email(marilychas@aol.com)

SIGN-UP NOW FOR WOMEN'S SUMMER MONDAY CLASSES

May 1 - July 24 2017

IDEAL 18 WOMEN'S CLASSES BEGIN MONDAY, JUNE 5 THRU JULY 24TH
 
        Sign up at the office for either the 11 a.m. class with Deb Pearl or the 5 p.m. class with Linda Suravitch.  Lunch will follow the a.m. class and dinner will follow the 5 p.m. class
Class fee is $185.  Fees for lunch and dinner are billed to members individually.
 
        Limited number of spots available for the evening class, but your name can be put on a sub list if necessary.

WEDNESDAY WOMEN’S RACE SERIES

July 19 - August 9 2017

Women’s Race Series is schedule for 4 consecutive Wednesdays July 19, July 26, Aug 2 and Aug 9.

The series is a great way to practice for the EYC Challenge to be sailed against Stonington. We will need 3 teams. Or just get a friend and make up a team and enter the series. We’ve got 8 Ideals just waiting to be sailed. We’ll have spectators on the upper deck cheering everyone on, maybe a few spectator boats.
Contact Mary-Lawrence Bickford or Marily MacKinnon and enter your names.


ESSEX YACHT CLUB VS STONINGTON YACHT CLUB TEAM RACE

Thursday August 3, 2017

Thanks to coaching by Jack Frost, Frank Flores and others, our Women’s Team is improving. They lost by only 16 points in this year’s annual regatta versus 40 points the year before. Nice sailing ladies!
EYC Women’s Ideal 18 Sailing Team Members:
Skipper Amy Gordon Pullin with crew Sue Wyeth and Beatrix Bisceglia
Skipper Mari Dow with crew Laura Grimmer and Terry Parkinson
Skipper Pru Rice with crew Val Shickel and Wendy Riches
Skipper Marily MacKinnon with crew Lynn Richardson & Margaret Morris

Click here to view the race results.

Ideal Family Fun Day

Sunday August 20, 2017

On Sunday, August 20th between 1:30 and 3:30 pm, we will have our fleet of Ideal 18 boats ready at the dock, sails set, experienced mentor on deck, ready and waiting for you. Challenge your husband to crew for you or just sail as a family! All YOU have to do is SIGN UP AND SHOW UP. We will have burgers, hot dogs, juices and water dock-side (by chit) plus family games (badminton, boule, toss-the-bag) to sustain and entertain you while you wait your turn at the tiller. Don’t miss Essex Yacht Club’s first-ever IDEAL FAMILY FUN SAIL DAY! Sign up now (so we know how many to plan for) by calling the Club office: 860 767 8121. For more information please call Marily at 860-391-2255 or email marilychas@aol.com if you would like to get your family out on the water in an Ideal 18. The perfect time to get checked out to be a "Qualified Ideal 18 Skipper."

For race details please read the The Notice of Race (NOR).